The Weekly Wrap-Up

| June 21, 2014
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Image: bizgovsc.com

Words by Ryan Grice

ROBOT Olympics for Nihon, Elmo off the hook, ObamaCare for bees, New beginning for American Apparel, and just when you thought spiders couldn’t be more terrifying.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed his desire for the Japanese nation to host the world’s first ‘Robot Olympics’ in 2020, the same year Tokyo is to host the Summer Games. He plans to accomplish this by developing a task force charged with tripling the size of Japan’s robot industry. “In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills,” Abe said. Japan have always been leaders in robotic technology, but how far is too far? Welcome to the 21st century.

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Image: hollywoodreporter.com

For those that haven’t kept up with ‘important’ news, you might not be aware that puppeteer Kevin Clash, famous for voicing Sesame Street’s Elmo was standing trial on five child sex abuse charges. A Pennsylvanian judge recently found him not guilty of the final charge (that’s four not guilty, one withdrawn) and while this comes as something of a relief it has surely been enough to ruin the man’s reputation. It’s a delicate issue that only those involved will ever know the truth about. We are yet to see if the same fate shall befall X-Men director Brian Singer on the numerous charges he is facing.

Due to steadily decreasing honey bee populations in the United States (23% last winter alone) the White House has commissioned a honey bee loss task force with an helpful $8m budget to combat the issue. This may seem excessive but approximately 25% of food eaten in America relies on pollination by the invertebrates. Led by the Environmental Protection Agency, the initiative will deal with various hazards present for the bees such as pesticides, diseases, mite infestations, and a condition called colony collapse disorder.

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Image: americanapparel.com

Unique hipster chic clothing company American Apparel, famous for their borderline softcore porn advertisements, have potentially been given a new lease on their existence this week when they fired CEO and founder Dov Charney due to unspecified misconduct. Shares in the company rose more than 20% after the announcement, but have a long way to go to reach their former financial glory. Putting a store in Brisbane would probably help. Adelaide has one for fucks sake. ADELAIDE.

Image: bbc.co.uk

Image: bbc.co.uk

Arachnophobia seems like a fairly logical fear; spiders can be pretty damn creepy. But scientists had to go ahead and discover the behavior of a certain species to haunt people’s dreams even more: spiders that catch and eat fish. Detailed studies performed by a Swiss-Australian team have yielded the results that some semi-aquatic species that live close to water will poison fish, often ones much larger than themselves, and then consume them.

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